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A New Look for the Website Those of you who follow this blog occasionally will have already noticed that the website has a new look. In fact, while the content remains unchanged, only three graphic elements from the original website are still present: my portrait photo, the graphic of the book cover for Vanessa’s Curve […]

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Guest Post: Samantha James Reviews “The Falling Sky”

The second copy of Pippa Goldschmidt’s The Falling Sky that I gave away after my talk at Village Books on January 26 went to Samantha James. Her review appears in this post.   The Falling Sky is a brilliant first novel by Pippa Goldschmidt.  Jeanette tells her story of balancing the events in her life […]

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Review of “Solar” by Ian McEwan

The British writer, Ian McEwan, is an acknowledged master of the novel form. In Solar, as in his earlier Saturday, a scientist is the central character in a drama that involves his knowledge and professional expertise only tangentially. I say this with some trepidation because I’m sure some readers will want to argue with it […]

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Fiction About Science at AWP 2014

I returned yesterday from Seattle where I attended the national meeting of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP). The conference was attended by over 10,000 people, an odd mixture of writers, writing programs, current students in writing programs, publishers and bookstores. The emphasis was definitely academic, and I felt at home with the […]

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Guest Post: Hank Kastner Reviews “The Falling Sky”

On January 26, I gave a talk at Village Books  titled, “Lab Lit: Putting Real Science Into Fiction.” Included in the list of more than 20 novels and biographies was The Falling Sky by Pippa Goldschmidt. I spent more time on Goldschmidt’s book than many others because I believe it represents “fiction about science” especially […]

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Why No Posts Since October?

On September 27,2013, I posted a brief news note explaining why I hadn’t posted any reviews or commentaries. That was before my family and I lost someone we loved very much. I was able to continue posting for about two weeks because the posts had been drafted earlier and required little editing before I posted […]

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Scientists as Public Figures

For most people, it is rare to see a working scientist on TV, hear one on the radio, or read about one in the news. Nobel laureates become of course instant celebrities, but their appearances tend to fade rapidly from the public spotlight. It is true that the better media outlets attempt to explain what […]

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